Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet
The Prophet, by celebrated author Kahlil Gibran, is among the most popular volumes of poetry ever written, selling over 100 million copies in 40 languages since its publication in 1923. Gibran’s timeless verses have been given enchanting new form in this painterly cinematic adventure about freedom and the power of human expression.
This breathtaking and animated feature, produced and spearheaded by Salma Hayek, was an official selection at Cannes and made its North American premier at the Toronto Film Festival. Written and directed by Roger Allers (The Lion King), the film intersperses Gibran’s elegant poetry within stunning animated sequences by a host of award-winning animators from around the world. Set in a Mediterranean seaside village, Kamila (Salma Hayek) cleans house for exiled artist and poet Mustafa (Liam Nesson), but the more difficult job is keeping her free-spirited young daughter, Almitra (Quvenzhane Wallis), out of trouble. The three embark on a journey meant to end with Mustafa’s return home-but first they evade authorities who fear that the truth in his words will incite rebellion. Featuring music from Damien Rice, Glen Hansard, and Yo-Yo-Ma.
Curriculum Connections: Reading, Literary Classic, Geography, Government, Civics, Arts, Film